Dear Members and Friends of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,
Final preparations are in progress for the 2006 WPA Conference in Chattanooga July 13-16. A draft of the program outline and a draft of the schedule of concurrent sessions is available online in PDF attachments at this URL: http://wpacouncil.org/2006ConfDraft
Lauren Sewell Ingraham and her Local Committee are putting their finishing touches on arrangements at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn and Convention Center, where the conference will be held.
Registration for the WPA Workshop, led by Lauren Fitzgerald and Greg Glau, has been closed, as has registration for the Assessment Institute, led by Elizabeth Clark, Kathleen Blake Yancey, and Michael Day. Enrollment for the Technology Institute led by Darsie Bowden and Peter Vandenberg is also nearing its limit.
We have an exciting conference program planned, headlined by our plenary speakers Jacqueline Jones Royster, Chris Anson, and Pamela Childers, who will address the conference theme â€œKeeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Out for New Opportunities.â€ Saturday sessions will feature a double strand of Secondary/Post-Secondary CrossTalks between writing program leaders in high schools and colleges.
Several sessions will offer professional development, including a fishbowl on â€œHow to Unpack What a Job Ad Describes,â€ an interactive roundtable on â€œAdministering from a Point of Principle,â€ a workshop on â€œWriting for the WPA Journal,â€ a special mentoring workshop for Assistant Professor Administrators (APAs), a brainstorming session on â€œNotes Toward a Peer-Review Process for Program Administration,â€ and a writing workshop for seasoned WPAs.
Another group of sessions will be devoted to working meetings of groups devoted to initiatives of interest to WPAs, including a group constructing a technology plank for the Outcomes Statement, a group exploring issues in developing a national writing test, and a work group considering studentsâ€™ research and human subjects issues in composition studies.
Other activities supported by the Council of Writing Program Administrators will be featured in a set of sessions demonstrating that â€œItâ€™s Not Your Grandfatherâ€™s WPAâ€: a brainstorming session exploring â€œFuture Directions for WPA,â€ a demonstration/ discussion of the CompFAQs wiki, a content-development session for the WPA website, a panel exploring the ways one writing program made use of a WPA Consultant-Evaluator visit, and a Network for Media Action workshop â€œWriting to Change the Frame: Writing Media Messages and Grants.â€
Weâ€™ve also set aside time in the schedule for organizational meetings for the APA SIG (Assistant Professor Administrators), GradSIG (Graduate Student WPAs), and the NMA (Network for Media Action).
The program at the Friday night banquet will feature special recognitions for service to the CWPA, the announcement of the 2004-2005 WPA Book Award winner, and a premier screening of Peter Vandenberg and Darsie Bowdenâ€™s videography of our 2005 Alaska conference.
As usual, the conference will close with the Sunday morning Town Hall meeting, devoted to our collective discussion of ways to work together in the best interests of our writing programs.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Chattanooga in just a few weeks. If you arenâ€™t able to join us this summer, I hope you will start planning now to participate in the 2007 WPA Summer Conference in Tempe, Arizona, July 12-15.
Shirley K Rose
2006 WPA Conference Chair and
President, Council of Writing Program Administrators